The ANS is saddened to report the passing of one of the greatest researchers of English linguistics, Professor Randolph Quirk, at the age of 97 on 20 December 2017. The founder of the Survey of English Usage, Professor Quirk’s publications include such legendary works as the Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language which he co-authored with Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, and Jan Svartik. Since its initial publication in 1985, this work has been one of the international standards of linguistics references. In honour of his stellar scholarship, Professor Quirk became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and was knighted in 1985. A detailed biography of this luminary can be found at the University College London website.